Journal article

Fuzzy neural network-based prediction of the motif for MHC class II binding peptides.

H Noguchi, T Hanai, H Honda, LC Harrison, T Kobayashi

J Biosci Bioeng | Published : 2001

Abstract

Characterizing the interaction between major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules and antigenic peptides is critical for understanding immunity and developing immunotherapies for autoimmune diseases and cancer. To identify the peptide binding motif and predict peptides that bind to the human MHC classII molecule HLA-DR4(*0401), we applied a fuzzy neural network (FNN) capable of extracting the relationship between input and output. Analysis of the peptide binding motif revealed that the hydrophilicity of the position 1 residue located on the N-terminal side of the nonamer (9mer) was the most important variable and that the van der Waals volume and hydrophilicity of the position 6 residu..

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